The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, led by Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said it will set up a team to monitor judges handling corruption cases.
The committee disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in support of the move by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to create special courts for corruption and financial crimes.
Onnoghen had also announced that judges handling such cases would be closely monitored by the National Judicial Council.
In a statement signed by Sagay, the committee said it would also be monitoring the judges to ensure that corrupt persons were brought to book.
The statement read in part, “Judges handling corruption cases are now going to be monitored by the NJC itself. This is a new era in the administration of criminal justice. Let me add that PACAC is also planning to create separate monitoring teams.
“We heartily congratulate the CJN and pledge that we shall work closely with him in this new and great enterprise to revive the judiciary and justice in Nigeria.”
While commending Onnoghen, the presidential committee said it was hopeful that with the new judicial reform, the era of corrupt judges would soon be over.
It said Nigeria would have upright judges like Kayode Eso, Andrews Obaseki, Udo Udoma, Mohammed Bello, Chukwudifu Oputa, Adetokunbo Ademola, Louis Mbanefo, Adetunji Adefarasin, Mason Begho and others.
The statement added, “We in PACAC have received with great delight the recent declaration of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, that major transformations are going to occur in the administration of criminal justice which will not only expedite the trial of corruption cases but will also ensure efficient, effective and speedy processes in these proceedings.
“This will guarantee that justice will come to looters and other high profile criminal elements responsible through their fraud and economic sabotage for the economic adversity of Nigeria, its underdevelopment and the pain and suffering of its masses.
“By ordering the creation of criminal divisions with special focus on corruption cases in all the high courts of the country, the Chief Justice has demonstrated his commitment to the speedy eradication of corruption, the cleansing of the judiciary and the determination to restore that vital institution to its rightful place not only in the constitution of this country but also to the golden age.”
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